When we started putting together our trip to Sweden, I knew we’d want to spend a few days in Stockholm, but wasn’t sure where else we would want to go. I proceeded to spend more time than I care to admit scrolling through house listings on Airbnb* in an effort to figure out where else to go while in Sweden.
I kept coming back to this one charming house right on the water. But I knew nothing about the location. It sounded a bit intimidating – a tiny island off the coast of Gothenburg requiring 2 ferries to reach it from the mainland. It also wasn’t very close to Stockholm which meant more logistics planning then I was necessarily wanting to tackle. But, I couldn’t resist. The listing was almost dreamlike – right on the water with a dock, a water view from every room and while quiet, not isolated and lonely. The house seemed to strike just the right balance.
I went for it. After viewing the listing no less than several dozen times, we made a family decision to book it.
It was perfect. It was the first time in our travels that we took it slow and really relaxed without running this way and that, trying to see sights. While there weren’t really any sights to see on Kallo-Knippla, that doesn’t mean we were bored. Far from it.
The northern part of the island was not built up and just had walking paths winding through the rocky terrain. We spent most of our time outside, walking and climbing the rocks along the coastline. Despite the weather being cold and windy, we (okay, I…) packed a picnic lunch to enjoy on the rocks.
What town center there was consisted of a small market, a pizza place, one restaurant open during the high summer season, and a fish stand open only a few days of the week. The only drawback to the lack of services/amenities meant more time in the kitchen. The good news is that Sweden has embraced the convenience of rotisserie chicken.
We did travel a few islands over to Hono for dinner out on two occasions – our first dinner out was at a little pub and the second was at a delightfully charming restaurant, Tullhuset.
We spent one day in Gothenburg and on our way back to our perfect little house, we all vowed not to leave the island again for the rest of our trip.
Our time in Kallo Knippla was an absolute delight. The weather was as good is it could be with sunny days warming up our little house. The island was charming and a refresing break from city travel. Because of our time on this charming island, my approach to travel planning has changed. No longer do I reflexively look at city destinations, but I have been searching out quieter spots that allow us to absorb the culture of the place in a more relaxed way. We’ll see how this pays off on our next trip.
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